Localisation

Unreal Engine 4 has a very nifty localisation dashboard, which, once activated, does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to localising your game. With it you can gather all the texts in your game from folders you've selected and create a robust localisation using .PO files. There are a couple of caveats … Continue reading Localisation

Working in Unreal Engine

For any developer there is a wealth of options out there for out-of-the-box solutions. In the triple-I spheres the choice seems to be Unity or Unreal and both certainly have their detractors and supporters. Personally, I chose Unreal because it gels with me and I like BluePrint visual scripting. It may not be the right … Continue reading Working in Unreal Engine

Dialogs

One element of the old-style RPGs we all know and love, and that persist in video games to this day, are the dialog boxes where the text appears letter by letter. Why these exist exactly is not clear. If you think about it they don't make that much sense. But they are part of video … Continue reading Dialogs

Blueprints: In-game messaging

Aside from character dialogues Piczle Cross Adventure also features some basic in-game messaging. In Piczle Colors some information was broadcast to the player through a fake Twitter-style social media post pop-up. When the player reached a milestone, unlocked a level, earned a trophy or anything like that, one of the game's characters would "tweet" at … Continue reading Blueprints: In-game messaging

Faking it

However fine an engine Unreal Engine 4 is and however great its tools and visual scripting, there are definitely a few areas it doesn't quite measure up. One of those things is its not-supported-really-but-kinda-in-there Paper2D component, which Piczle Cross Adventure relies on quite heavily. Now of course I could (and perhaps should) be called foolhardy … Continue reading Faking it

Creating the Piczle Cross puzzles

One question people might want answered is "how many puzzles will Piczle Cross Adventure have?" and the answer is, at this stage... I'm not sure. The game's initial design aimed at a minimum of 150, but because I spent some time building data-driven systems to handle the puzzles it is child's play to add more … Continue reading Creating the Piczle Cross puzzles